So it is Friday, and I’m still just working on getting ready to start. No work today, other than a couple of notes, so I’m a little slow getting going. In fact, I didn’t even get out of bed until 10:30! That wasn’t the plan but it felt so good!
I spent the morning looking at recipes on Pinterest and makinga shopping list. Being a woman who LOVES FOOD, recipe searching is a guilty pleasure, but let me tell you what I have found during past attempts. I spent far too much time worrying about making full meals. So much so, that by the time I figures out what I wanted, it was too late to make it! Sabotaged before I even began. This time I pinned a few recipes that I knew were easy, or that I’ve already made in the past and liked. This time I MUST keep it SIMPLE.
In the past I also overwhelmed myself with trying to track and put numbers to everything. Again, more time spent sitting at my desk, and not spent on living the lifestyle. This time, just as with other habits, learning to track macros will be one of the habits I add in. As I mentioned yesterday, my first (and current habit) is eating no grains. As a bonus, it naturally makes huge cuts in my sugar consumption.
While researching food choices, I happened upon a wonderful Keto/Low Carb Macros calculator at Tastaholics.com.
Based on my information (estimated 320 pounds, 49% body fat, Sedentary lifestyle, with added no exercise) for weight loss I should be eating 2117 calories, (166 grams fat, 131 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates – or 52% fat, 41% protein, and 8% carbs) Different calculators may give different results, but it’s a good starting place when I’m ready.
Now, as I said earlier, I’m not ready to start worrying about macros just yet, but I will make it a habit eventually. For now, I’m just focused on re-learning how to eat without bread, pasta, and other grain laden accompanyments. (Henceforth known as the root of all evils for this girl).
So back to whats for dinner. ..
I know in the past making things too complicated played a big role in my failure. I’ve come to the conclussion that I will need to focus less on ‘meals’, and more on ‘eating’. Having food ready to curb cravings, spending less time in the kitchen, (which means preparing larger meals that can last several days when I DO cook), and preparing lunches in advance for work days when I’m on the road. Another challenge I have when I don’t eat out or eat often is staying hydrated. I tend not to drink as much and I become dehydrated, which my body interprets as hunger most of the time. In fact, ensuring hydration may need to be my next habit. It may mean setting an alarm every so often to ensure I don’t forget. But I’m getting ahead of myself!
Shopping for dinner….
Before I can do that, I have to clean out the cabinets and the fridge! Ah yes. That is an important step in the beginning. Getting rid of all the temptations. Thankfully, (i suppose), money has been really tight and other than cleaning out pastdue leftovers, there is very little for me to clean out. At least I wont have the ‘kids are starving in Africa’ guilt trip recording playing in my head.
So what do I already have that i can incorporate. * chicken, fish, italian sausage, bacon, and hamburgerin the freezer * Frozen green beans, broccoli, cauliflower * apples, grapes * coconut oil, butter, olive oil * mozzerella block, shredded cheddar, cream cheese.* Canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, almond butter, cocoa, stevia,
Heck, I could make a meal out of those things for a couple of days. I’m off to a good start! …
6 hours later, guess its a good thing I had things already in the house, because I can’t seem to make a decision to save my life. (You ought to see me and my best friend try to decide on where to go for lunch!) So instead of shopping, I opened a can of chicken breast chunks, added grapes, purple onion, mayo, and poultry seasoning, and enjoyed a nice bowl of chicken salad a bunch of grapes.
Well, guess I’ll finish my shopping list and do my shopping in the morning.